The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Our aim:

  • to bring the UK at the forefront of innovative social and economic research
  • to support intelligent research to benefit society and quality of life

and we had clear values which governed how we worked towards those aims.

We are:


Researchers have to be trained and research projects go through an approvals process before researchers can access de-identified data. Research proposals must receive a favourable ethical review, either from an academic Ethical Review Board or the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee.


The Approvals Panel assesses all projects for ethics, feasibility, privacy, public benefit and scientific merit.

The Administrative Data Research Centres and the Administrative Data Service are led by different universities across the UK. The Network is:

  • accountable to a governing board chaired by the UK Statistics Authority, which reports to Parliament
  • overseen in its day-to-day management by the Economic and Social Research Council, which reports to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills

Socially responsible

Our work serves no commercial purpose. All research proposals must show a potential benefit for society or people’s quality of life.


All decision-making and business processes are transparent. Research results are made public. Researchers must agree to publish their findings before they receive permission to see any data.


Our services only collaborate with trusted third parties. We do not work with commercial organisations.

Page last updated: 30/07/2018